New Research on Adaptive Learning

How to Predict Course Grades, Improve Pass Rates, and Increase Student Retention


Many nursing programs use standardized testing to implement benchmark scores and determine whether or not a student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX. However, since standardized tests only report on summative data, they do little to improve a student’s testing performance over time, or to keep students engaged and instill in them a desire to learn and improve.

But adaptive quizzing systems are a game changer. Wolters Kluwer’s adaptive quizzing system, PrepU, helps students learn more and gives instructors the data they need to monitor each student’s progress, weaknesses and strengths. PrepU is a central component of Lippincott CoursePoint and Lippincott PassPoint, and has vast power to increase student retention and engagement. It is also now linked to the following measureable results, according to Nurse Educator:

✔  The mastery level in PrepU adaptive quizzing can statistically significantly predict final course grades

✔  Adaptive mastery level is positively correlated to a student’s Exit Exam performance

✔  Programs utilizing PrepU adaptive quizzing saw a significant positive increase in on-time graduation (11.4% increase) and program retention rate (5.5% increase) over five years

✔  82.8% of students reported that PrepU adaptive quizzing improved their course performance; 87.9% prefer it to preset test banks, and 98.3% would opt to use it in other courses if available

✔  93.9% of students using PrepU adaptive quizzing in the study passed the NCLEX

The research finds that a low-stakes, formative learning strategy such as PrepU adaptive quizzing can “pay off significantly with respect to high-stakes educational outcomes and reduce the likelihood of course failure and repetition.”